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This month we have:
Miriam Elia’s spoof We Go To the Gallery. I first saw a link to this book on Blue Milk (another fantastic blog by the way) and it’s just the best thing I’ve seen in ages. Elia is currently in a wrangle with Penguin over copyright. I really hope she comes out on top.
This post: Strong, not skinny on Gia’s blog. This is the post that inspired me to start doing press ups. I can now do twelve.
I read the New Statesman a lot. Because it’s really good. This article by Laurie Penny is particularly good. Did you know the Metropolitan police are buying in water cannons – never previously used in this country – in preparation for the summer? Austerity measures and spending cuts will likely see rioting on Britains streets before the year is out, and they know it.
Oh, have you ever read this? One! Hundred! Demons! by Lynda Barry is an autobiographical comic strip book. I cannot explain how much I love this. I’ve read it at least one! hundred! times! I love the stories – they are so… human. I love the way she conveys her childhood alienation by drawing herself covered in green spots. I love the poignancy and the gentle humour,
And I love the subtle way Barry shows, rather than tells
My favourite strip is about the way adults sometimes deny and dismiss the feelings of children, leading to guilt and confusion. As a girl, Barry had frequently got into trouble for expressing her feelings of hatred.
And lastly there’s this video, which I originally saw posted onto Twitter by The Bloggess. Heartwarming stuff.